Relational Passage of Time

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This book defends a relational theory of the passage of time. The realist view of passage developed in this book differs from the robust, substantivalist position. According to relationism, passage is nothing over and above the succession of events, one thing coming after another. Causally related events are temporally arranged as they happen one after another along observers’ worldlines. There is no unique global passage but a multiplicity of local passages of time. After setting out this positive argument for relationism, the author deals with five common objections to it: (a) triviality of deflationary passage, (b) a-directionality of passage, (c) the impossibility of experiencing passage, (d) fictionalism about passage, and (e) the incompatibility of passage with perduring objects.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages148
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-22423-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-12234-2, 978-1-032-12374-5
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeC1 Separate scientific books

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Metaphysics


  • Passage of time
  • eternalism
  • relativity
  • B-theory
  • perdurantism
  • block universe
  • realism
  • relationalism

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  • Publication forum level 3


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